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Govt Improves Mobile Infrastructure

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Steven Joyce
Steven Joyce

13 FEB 2009 - Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce today announced the completion of two cellular spectrum transfers that will improve infrastructure for all mobile network operators and promote more competition in the New Zealand mobile market.

Vodafone and the Crown have completed a settlement process for Vodafone to renew rights to spectrum it uses to provide cellular services. In addition, the Crown has swapped some spectrum with the anticipated new entrant to the mobile market, NZ Communications.

Mr Joyce says these spectrum transfers help lay the foundations for better mobile network infrastructure.

"Network operators can now make long-term investment decisions, which will bring us better services and technology such as mobile broadband, and intensify competition - ultimately lowering costs for consumers."

The swap in January of two 4-MHz portions of spectrum between NZ Communications and the Crown came about following discussions involving all the mobile network operators. The government can now amalgamate some spectrum it manages, which means more will become available for non-cellular uses.

"The swap gives NZ Communications the bandwidth it needs to invest in both second generation and third generation networks, and the government has the opportunity to free up its spectrum for other uses," says Mr Joyce.

As part of the swap, Telecom and NZ Communications agreed to jointly manage their adjacent spectrum holdings so as to prevent any potential radio interference issues. This leaves the government out of matters which are more efficiently dealt with by the private sector.

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